Before + After | Found Dresser

Last weekend I found a dresser in our alley, well technically it wasn’t our alley, it was Spring cleaning in our building and people just put stuff in a pile and it gets removed a week later. I spotted this well made dresser hiding under a few items and decided I had to have it.

With a bit of a struggle getting it into our apartment (by myself because Andrew was away for the weekend), I started stripping off the ugly high gloss varnish. Ideally I wanted to have wood legs, painted drawers and a wood top, but it just wasn’t going to happen. The legs were made from a light wood and the top was a walnut veneer, so things weren’t going to match up unless I purchased stain, even then it would still look a little off because of the grain and how the wood soaks up the stain. So I focused on fixing up the top and painted the rest of it. Check out the transformation below.

I used brass hardware because it seemed to be the right fit with the wood top and it added some character to an otherwise pretty plain makeover. The paint is Snowfall White from Benjamin Moore in high-gloss and I did a few coats of Tung Oil on the wood veneer top.

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Unknown said...

An amazing transformation! I do love a good roadside rescue! :-)

Unknown said...

Great hardware! Looks like a great furniture rehab option because it doesn't require drilling into drawer fronts (with all the tricky measuring that comes with that). Any source info?

Vintage Home said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I am popping over to your blog to see what else you have done...cuz seriously this is fabulous! Funny how sometimes a little ingenuity makes for total & amazing creativity!

Unknown said...

Amazing transformation! Well done. :D

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Unknown said...

Wow, it's unrecognizable! I can't believe it was free!


Hannah | Fox and Willow said...

Gotta love those freebies!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous.... will have to go out and look down our alleys too ! :)

Coco Cake Land said...

NICOLE! woh. that is truly awesome! you always see a bunch of crappy old dressers like that ... i would never have imagined! xo